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Best Albums of 2016


1.Metallica - Hardwired ... to self-destruct


Metallica are back with a vengeance!!


Disc 1 is almost flawless and opens up with  the  titel song it´s a fast thrasher with Megadeth vibes. "Atlas Rise" is mighty and heavy with a catchy verse. "Moth To A Flame" is another standout track with heavy riffage and it´s menacing groove.


Disc2  It's too long, with too many tracks that go nowhere. But those songs that do work are good . "ManUnkind" and "Murder One" are substandard .The closing thrasher "Spit Out The Bone" are killer..


Disc3  Cool Metallica rarities and  the superb '"Lords of Summer" 


2. Megadeth - Dystopia

Dystopia is chockfull of thought provoking lyrics, machine gun precision guitar riffs and soaring lead work with new bloods monster drummer Chris Adler  (Lamb of God) and  Brazil guitarist  Kiki Loureiro. Megadeth's best album in ten years is a fact,  the title track is already a true Megadeth classic.



3.Burning Point - The Blaze

Burning Point drafts  singer Nitte Valo (ex. Battle Beast) who have lungs of steel, a female Rob Halford with superb power and Burning Point are now playing  in the Elite League.


"Master Them All" a speedy and high octane melodic track which really shows off the vocal talents of Nitte Valo.



4. Testament - the Brotherhood of the Snake

The albums is a three headed snake thrash attack!


Title track is a true thrash storm with adrenalizing,  crushing  riffs, shredding, blast beats and great thrash vocal delivery and  is a primer for everything that follows.


5. Lugnet - Lugnet


Christina Lindberg in her "Frigga" regalia (Thriller - They Call Her One Eye) are  pointing relentlessly at you from the album cover before you get knocked out by the hard "All The Way" that takes the wind out of your "Sails" 

The midnight clock strikes mercilessly in heavy "Veins" that echo Black Sabbath Tony Martin era. "Tears in the Sky" got an early Whitesnake feel .Catchy "It Ain't Easy" sounds like a hungry Deep Purple before the dices roles in "Gypsy Dice" . There's a storm brewing "In The Still Of The Water" and "Into the Light" brings you into eternity ..


6. Amon Amarth - Jomsviking

The album is a big, dragon-headed longship that sails straight into the mouth of Valhalla.


Highlights are fast "First Kill" with guitars sounding like a swarm of bees and the metallic onslaught of "One Against All" the heavy riffer  "At Dawns First Light".



7. Killswitch Engage - Incarnate

Incarnate has intricate rhythmic guitar playing and brain-splitting riffs with a rhythm section that locks it down hard.


"Hate By Design" is very heavy and super catchy has a chorus is worthy of a sing-along.  "Strength of the Mind" classic Killswitch on steroids.  "Until the Day" up-tempo and bombastic  with  80s metal influences  and a chorus fit for stadiums


8. Serious Black - Mirror World

Sci-fi cinematic intro introduces you to the melodic/power metal in "As Long As I'm Alive" a fast paced track with  a catchy chorus and superb vocals, "Castor Skies" has a perfect mix of melodic/power and  progressive metal elements. Great  twin guitar attack trough the album trading licks on the solos e.t.c.  


9. Inglourious - Inglorious

Title track opens with uber-heavy guitar riffage and has a great arena chorus, the massive riff and groove in "You Are Mine" get your body to  move voluntarily or involuntarily.  The Hammond orgy in "Until I Die" and the great vocal effort sets the agenda of the album.

 10. Last In Line - Heavy Crown

Solid straight up hard rock album with passion and power. Last in Line is the band line-up from the three first Dio albums joined by Andrew Freeman vocals. Highs are the epic "Starmaker" and fast "Martyr".

Sweden Rock Festival 2016

The Struts at Sweden Rock Festival
At 13:00 I saw a glimpse of The Struts before heading over to Halestorm that started 13:15
Good vocals, frontman and music with some Queen, Stones and Def Leppard influences.
"Strutter" would been a perfect cover song or intro song for the band.
Would have stayed longer if not Lzzy’s sensational vocals drew me to Halestorm.
Halestorm performed a crowdpleasing set on the Sweden Rock Festival main stage
"Apocalyptic" opened the set, the Grammy Award winning “Love Bites (So Do I)” came next, Lzzy Hale’s stunning vocals have truly become iconic and it shows in "I´m the Fire". Halestorm is well known for their near non-stop touring, often performing as many as 250 shows a year and it shows their stage presence and delivery is top notch.The show wasn’t all about Lzzy. Her brother, Arejay, treated us to one fine drum solos that incorporated snippets of KISS, AC/DC and G´NR. Halestorm closed the set with I Miss The Misery much to the delight of the crowd.
(Halestorm was conceived when Arejay, on the drums, and older sister Elizabeth “Lizzy” Hale, vocals, began writing and performing at the early age of 10 and 13. With dad, Roger, on bass, they released an EP, Mess With the Time Man, in 1999).
Sixx A.M. is Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue fame, DJ Ashba guitarist of Chinese Democracy-era Guns N’ Roses, and vocalist/producer James Michael. The set opened with “This is Gonna Hurt” and introduced a pair of female backing vocalists on the stage.  “Rise” had the crowd pumping fists and chanting along. Throughout the set, Michael, Sixx, and Ashba all rotated positions on stage, They closed with their hit the heart-wrenchingly autobiographical “Life is Beautiful” the fans took over and chanted the chorus in unison.
Slayer launched into a furious "Repentless" and the mosh pit opened.
-'The final swing is not a drill/It's how many people I can kill, "War Ensemble" 
Despite losses, Slayer fire on all cylinders both in the recording studio and on stage as Exodus guitar legend Gary Holt and drummer Paul Bostaph have been capable of holding their own on and finding their own niches within the band.
I've waited for you to come, I've been here all alone
Now that you've arrived please stay a while
I promise I wont keep you long, I'll keep you FOREVER!!!
"Dead Skin Mask" (about Ed Gein, an American murderer and body snatcher)

Slayer steamrolled the audience with a climactic end the three-punch of "South of Heaven," “Reign in Blood” and “Angel of Death,"
Intro tape starts Megadeth "Prince of Darkness" Megadeth hits the futuristic stage with "Hangar 18" (Hangar harbouring alien life forms at Area 51) "Wake Up Dead" before a truly "In My (Darkest Hour')" in the Megadeth catalog. A staggering "The Treath Is Real" sets up a fantastic "She-Wolf"
"Post American World" Hello Me,Meet The Real Me! starts "Sweating Bullets", "Poisonous Shadows" follows, "Trust" goes into  "A Tout Le Monde" it´s a "Fatal Illusion" and one of the best Megadeth songs of all time the title track from the latest album "Dystopia" gets the crowd wild.
Vic Rattlehead sneaks up on new Megadeth guitarist Kiko Loureiro 
The live set ends with a tripple thrash treat that sends the audience into a total frenzy.
Symphony of Destruction, Peace Sells, Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
Massive inverted crosses, illuminated Baphomet symbol, drum riser decorated with iron gates.
“Out From the Asylum” was piped out, fans erupted as “Welcome Home” and shrieks of “Grandmaaaaaaa!” filled Sweden Rock Festival, Grandma, made her traditional ghoulish onstage appearance in a wheelchair, pounding a cane. The magicial “Sleepless Night” took over and it´s always time for “Halloween” and a super heavy chugging version of “Eye of the Witch” hit the crowd.   

King proclaimed - time for some Mercyful Fate! The crowd roared and the band played “Melissa” and “Come to the Sabbath,” Backdrops swapped reflecting certain parts of the set list, varying from King to a demon to a church.
“Funeral” poured out from the speakers, “Abigail”s coffin was brought onstageone through each arm, hand and knee and let the last of the seven be drawn through her mouth so that she may never rise and cause evil again...King´s "Abigail" told the story of Jonathan Le’Fay and Miriam Natias, who move into an ancestral mansion and a ghost of a stillborn child takes demonic possession of its new mother Miriam. illustrating the gothic horror tale were an actress portraying Miriam as the band performed “Funeral,” a chugging “Arrival,” “A Mansion in Darkness” and a haunting “The Family Ghost,” the beautiful acoustic intro of “The 7th Day of July 1777” echoed out over Sweden Rock Festival followed by the riveting “Omens,” “The Possession” and “Abigail.”
King and band took bows, no encore. The show ended with the ringing notes of “Black Horsemen,
Lita Ford opened hard and fast with the classic "Gotta Let Go"
"The Bitch Is Back" and the autobiographical "Living Like A Runaway" mixed with standards, "Hungry" and "Back To The Cave." Lita paid tribute to her good friend Lemmy (on the Lemmy Stage) with the song "Can't Catch Me," which the late Motorhead frontman co-wrote.The Runaways' classic "Cherry Bomb" (featured in The Guardians of the Galaxy movie) Lita closed with her mega solo hits "Close My Eyes Forever" (a powerballad duet with Ozzy) her lead guitarist filled in for the Ozzy part, it got the whole audience to sing along and sent shivers done their and the bands spines,the catchy "Kiss Me Deadly" ended the set.
Twisted Sister kicked off their farwell show with What You Don't Know (Sure Can Hurt You) and a stomping "The Kids are Back" before the fantastic "Burn In Hell" with an accompanying full fire display. "Destroyer" performed with a fiery enthusiasm "Like A Knife In The Back" the 80′s rock anthem “I Wanna Rock” rallied the crowd 
“The Price” (dedicated to fallen drummer AJ Pero) manages to entrance the crowd.
Guitarist Jay Jay givin TV programmes like "American Idol" a well deserved bashing and showing how well Twisted Sister could create such a united front with the fans and the band went into "The Fire Still Burns"
Dee Snider, an excellent frontman, singer and sometimes exceptionally funny person.
After the sing along to "We´re Not Gonna Take" took Dee a swedish " fika" (coffee break with cookie). A highly unnecessary ten-minute version of the Stones’ “It’s Only Rock n’ Roll was performed? Why? TS could have played the amazing songs "Wake Up (The Sleeping Giant)", "Stay Hungry" and "Love Is For Suckers" instead. 
(On the Come Out And Play album Dee Snider is clicking bottles together saying "Twisted Sister, come out and play" several times in the beginning on the title track a reference to the 1979 cult classic movie The Warriors, when the main villain, Luther, chants "Warriors, come out to play" while clicking bottles together as well.) At Sweden Rock Festival it was the audience turn to chant Twisted Sister "Come Out And Play". "Tear It Loose" was played and would make their tour manager happy according to Dee and then the perennial show closer “S.M.F."
Symphony X played a set entirety devoted to latest album Underworld.
"Overture"/"Nevermore" with its high dynamic tempo was perfect for getting the crowd going into the titletrack and "Kiss of Fire". "Without You" shows another side of the band.
Symphony X played through the entirety of their latest album "Underworld" (not in the right track order of the album). Doing this some bands is essentially sacrificing their better songs for album-fillers. That was the case here, would rather heard some the better Symphony X songs than fillers from the Underworld album. Don´t get me wrong "Underworld" is a good album but not so good that you can play it back to back live and leave out fantastic songs like  "Inferno (Unleash the Fire),"Of Sins and Shadows", "Smoke and Mirrors" e.t.c. 
DEATH DTA (live tribute to Chuck Schuldiner by the former musicians of DEATH)
Gene Holgan, Steve DiGiorgio, Bobby Koelble and Max Phelps took the stage that may be the final DTA show EVER. If not 'ever', than at least for a very long while.Opening with "The Philosopher" going into "Leprosy/Left To Die" is truly a "Living Monstrosity" of greatness. A vigorous "Suicide Machine" ,"Overactive Imagination" and "Trapped in a Corner" shows why Death´s music is truly mesmerizing. Slayers "Raining Blood/Black Magic stunned the audience.Max vocal delivery is eerily similar to Chuck’s and Koeble´s guitar shreds and the rythm section of DiGiorgio/Hoglan incredible, tight and full of feeling.
Gene "The Atomic Clock" Hoglan in his office
A transcendental "Lack of Comprehension" and  a dynamic "Crystal Mountain" (probably one of the best metal songs of all time).We Death fans in the front row chanted "Pull the Plug" and a bone crushing juggernaut version of the legendary track closed the show!
Caught some Dirkschneider live after the Death DTA set
New York thrash metal band Anthrax started  with "You Gotta Believe" followed by Anthraxs cover version of Joe Jacksons "Got The Time" (that have been used to wake up the Mars Science Laboratory rover, nicknamed Curiosity, since it touched down on the Red Planet's surface) Anthrax hammered through classics as “Caught in a Mosh”, “Indians”, and “Medusa”.They also performed the killer songs "Fight `Em ´Til You Can´t and “Evil Twin”  the song "What Doesn't Die" would have been the perfect ending of the show.
The intro kicked in Sabatons version of Status Quo -"In The Army Now" echoed out over Sweden Rock Festival. Sabaton stormed on stage with "Ghost Division" and "Far From the Fame" took over before the "Uprising" followed by "White Death" ( about Simo Häyhä, an extremely skilled Finnish sniper during the Winter War.) Bassist Per Sundström grasps the microphone and says seventeen years ago when he visited the festival for the first time he gave a Sabaton demo to a festival employee and told him one day Sabaton is going to headline the festival the employee didn´t believe him...

After "Resist and Bite" it was time for Sabaton to sing songs from the album Carolus Rex in Swedish (the swedish language brings the songs to an even higher dimension) "Lion From The North" (Gustav II Adolf  regarded as one of the greatest military commanders of all time, with innovative use of combined arms.His most notable military victory was the Battle of Breitenfeld "Gott Mit Uns" ("God With Us").
The mighty "Carolus Rex" got the whole festival on their feet and to sing along. 
"The Caroleans Prayer"(Caroleans were the soldiers of the Swedish kings Charles XI and Charles XII whose notable tactics differed from that of the western europe through a greater reliance upon pikes, bayonets, and the spirit of the offensive.) "A Lifetime of War" (The misery caused by the "Thirty Year War) "Swedish Pagans" (Vikings) 
"Soldier of 3 Armies"(Larry Thorne, was a Finnish Army captain who led an infantry company against the Soviet Union in the Finnish Winter and Continuation Wars and moved to the United States after World War II. He fought under three flags: Finnish, German (when he again fought the Soviets in World War II), and American (where he was known as Larry Thorne) when he served in U.S. Army Special Forces in the Vietnam War.It was Larry Thorne who was the model for John Wayne's character in the movie "The Green Berets")

Footnote: all images with the name of the blog are taken by me under the influence in the audience with a bad camera.

Motley Crue Final Tour STHLM

The chilling words of horror/legend/actor Vincent Price voice echoed out over the audience 
-Leaving lepidoptera - please, don't touch the display,little boy, aha cute! Moving to the next aisle we have arachnida, the spiders, our.. finest collection.This friendly little devil is the heptothilidi,unfortunately harmless. Next to him, the nasty licosaraptoria, his tiny fangs cause creeping ulcerations of the skin *laugh*. And here, my prize, the BlackWidow. Isn't she lovely?.. and so deadly. Her kiss is fifteen times as poisonous as that of the rattlesnake.You see her venom is highly neurotoxic, which is to say that it attacks the central nervous system causing intense pain, profuse sweating, difficulty in breathing, loss of consciousness, violent convulsions and, finally.. death. You know what I think I love the most about her is her inborn need to dominate,possess. In fact, immediately after the consummation of her marriage to the smaller and weaker male of the species she kills and eats him - *laugh* oh, she is delicious.. and I hope he was! Such power and dignity unhampered by sentiment. If I may put forward a slice of personal philosophy, I feel that man has ruled this world as a stumbling dimented child-king long enough! And as his empire crumbles, my precious Black Widow shall rise as his most fitting successor!

Following "Black Widow" Alice Cooper launched into "No More Mr. Nice Guy"
A guitar shreedin, hair-spinning Nita Strauss
You'd gift wrap a leper
And mail him to your Aunt Jane
You'd even force-feed a diabetic a candy cane
You can go to Hell
Alice Cooper gets strapped onto a giant operating table and disappear in a cloud of smoke with sparklers and explosions going off and a giant Alice Cooper Frankenstein monster emerged and  prowls the stage mouthing "Feed My Frankenstein" lyrics.
Alice Cooper is put in a straitjacket by nurse rozetta in "Ballad of Dwight Fry," as the song builts to a climax Alice Cooper yells "Don't touch me!" and starts to strangle nurse rozetta with the sleeves of his straitjacket.
Nurse Rozetta escapes the stranglehold and stabs Alice, leds him off to the guillotine during "I Love the Dead," 
The executioner holds Alice Coopers severed head 
"So Long, Farewell" (Sound of Music) is played through the speakers before Motley Crue hit the stage with "Girls,Girls Girls" giant steel spikes  spews flames of fire, Tommy Lee  shoots fireworks out of his bass drum.
Crue burts into "Wild Side"
"Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)"
"Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)"
During "Shout at the Devil" Sixx shoots flames from a blowtorch attached to his bass, chanting the chorus into a microphone suspended from a flaming stand.
Tommy Lee’s spinning drum riser taking off along a rail weaving 50 feet over the audience
The Crüecifly spins upside down while Tommy keeps on drumming.
The Crüecifly stops at a little stage in the middle of the audience and goes back to the main stage again.
Sixx delivers a heartfelt speech how the knife he carries in his boot inspired him to follow his dreams. 
"Kickstart My Heart" Sixx and Neil sweeps over the audience on cranes that spurt fire and ticker tape
Footnote: all images with the name of the blog are taken by me under the influence in the audience with a bad camera.

Nightwish Stockholm

Richard Dawkins (professor biologist & writer) voice echoed out and curtain dropped and pyro flared to the sound of "Shudder Before The Beautiful", Floor and Marco shared the vocals during  "Yours Is an Empty Hope"The beautiful "Ever Dream" followed.
The powerfull operatic "Wishmaster" sent the audience into a total frenzy. The celitic influenced "My Walden" took us into a bass solo that emerged into "The Islander".Troy Donockley stepped out to the stage with Uilleann Pipes for "Elan" 
Dawkins' narration started "Weak Fantasy",New/Stand in drummer Kai Hahto (ex. Wintersun) did a tremendous job all through the concert, impressive. Kai Hahto and keyboard player Tuomas Holopainen showed their skills through a battle into "7 Days to the Wolves" fans shouted - "we were here" during "Alpenglow"
When the catchy and energetic"Storytime" ended, the piano opening for "Nemo" got the crowd on their feet and the fantastic "Stargazer" got them to scream their lungs out before "Sleeping Sun" captured the audience.
Floor did an outstanding vocal performance during the amazing "Ghost Love Score"  Floor climbed onto a heightened section of the stage while bursts of smoke surrounded her, Floor hit those majestic notes, it sent shivers down my spine and almost brought tears to my eyes.
The Imaginaerum album cover rollercoaster/theme park was showed on the screen during "Last Ride of the Day" The haunting piano piece by Tuomas alone on the stage started "The Greatest Show on Earth" Floor joined with operatic vocals and the screen showed nature and evolution to match the lyrics.
Footnote: all images with the name of the blog are taken by me under the influence in the audience with a bad camera.

MANOWAR Gods & Kings STHLM 2016

Legendary american director Orson Welles voice echos through the arena 'Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome, from the United States of America, all hail, Manowar!

Manowar took stage with their eponymous track followed by a heavy version of "Die For Metal" before a  glorious "Call To The Arms" got the audience on their feet, a majestic version of "King of Kings" with singer Eric Adams at the top of his game. "Lords of Steel" sounded good live (in opposite to the horrible sound/production on the album)

"Kings of Metal" got the crowd screaming Manowar Kills! the band sounded great in the the mighty epic "Gods of War" highlighted by the vocal prowess of lead man Eric Adams who  was nothing short of phenomenal. Manowar  showed  a video entitled Fallen Heroes dedicated to individuals who had passed that had influenced Manowar, photos of  Dio, Lemmy  and former Manowar drummer Scott Columbus drew loud cheers from the audience.
A thunderous "House of Death" got the  audience into a frenzy. Manowar launched into "Dawn of Battle" (a brilliant underrated track,  only released  on EP). "Hail and Kill" sent the crowd into a full metal fury  chanting Hail and Kill!


The encores was a heavy  "Warriors of the World" and a blistering "Black Wind Fire & Steel" 


H8TEFULL EIGHT ultra panavision 70mm

Quentin Tarantino's post-Civil War Western "The Hateful Eight." is hauntingly beautiful in  glorious Ultra Panavision 70mm  and a must for true cinephiles.


A stagecoach that contains bounty hunter John Ruth (Hang man) and fugitive Daisy Domerge  hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. Racing  towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth will be brought to justice. They  encounter Major Marquis ex. union soldier turned bounty hunter and Chris Mannix a renegade/self proclaimed sheriff, they all take refuge in Minnie´s Haberdashery during the snow blizzard. In the Haberdashery they are greeted by four unfamiliar characters...


World Premiere! Nekrodelirium - Grief

Premiere! Nekrodelirium - Grief

Seeing Ghosts on Friday 13th

The now infamous eerie intro song "Masked Ball" (by Jocelyn Pook from the film Eyes Wide Shut) echoed out over the smoke infested stage and burnt incense coated the entire venue with a distinct smokey scent before Ghost launched into "Spirit" followed by "From the Pinnacle to the Pit" and  a "Ritual" got the (sold out) crowd on their feet.
The ceremony continued with a frantic "Con Clavi Con Dio" followed by the satanic melodies of "Per Aspera ad Inferi" and a heavy "Majesty".
Papa Emeritus III brought out the nuns for a communion  during "Body and Blood" 
A Haunting "Cirice" captured the crowd before "Year Zero" sent them into a Frenzy
"He is" went into a super heavy metalic "Absolution" and "Mummy Dust" appeared.
An excellent acoustic version of "Jigolo Har Megiddo" was performed and a electric 
Ghuleh/Zombie Queen took over. A chilling "If You Have Ghosts" sent chivers down the audience spines and it was time for the "Monstrance Clock" that ended the cermony.
Last words:
No "Elizabeth" was performed?
Ghost still doesn´t perform their magical version of ABBA´s "I¨m A Marrionette" live?
A Ghost version of Alice Cooper´s - He´s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)  the theme song of Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives would have been a nightmare come true.
Footnote: all images with the name of the blog are taken by me under the influence in the audience with a bad camera.

Tarantino's favorite Swedish actress returns

Lugnet - "It Ain´t Easy" Grindhouse/Horror the sequel to "All The Way" Grindhouse 

Featuring: Christina Lindberg "Thriller: They Call Her One Eye" 



Alice Cooper Gröna Lund

"Hello Horray" Alice Cooper walks through a sparkling glitter rain to greet the audience. Backed by a glorious three-guitar army featuring Nita Strauss (a worthy new replacement for ace ax shredder Orianthi) 
Alice Cooper sets the "House of Fire" to prove he is "No More Mr Nice Guy"
fueled by three electric guitars, bass and drums.
Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss "Bite Your Face Off"
During “Under My Wheels”  Alice Cooper non-verbally instructed the guitarists to out-shredd each other.“Billion Dollar Babies” saw the frontman working with a fencing-sword that had billion dollar novelty currency lining it which he shook off for front row souvenirs.A sarky version of 'Hey Stoopid' proves a great sing-along.Drummer Glen Sobel let sparks fly, firing flares from his drumsticks during "Dirty Diamonds."
Alice Cooper stabs a paparazzi with his microphone stand he´s should also stab the person who tought it was a good idea to play four tired cover songs after each other?  Why not play some songs from the highly underrated albums "Constrictor"  and "Raise Your Fist and Yell" instead? songs like "Life and Death of the Party", "Gail" and "Roses on White Lace".
Alice Cooper  "Welcome To My Nightmare" sporting a real, live boa constrictor wrapped around his neck like a scarf and showering it with kisses. You can "Go To Hell" when Alice Cooper does a stunning version of "He´s Back (the man behind the mask)" that became a #1 hit in Sweden (theme from the motion picture Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives)
Giant frankenstein Alice Cooper coming for you..
During “Feed My Frankenstein”  Cooper was strapped into a guerne, electrocuted and through the smoke, emerged as a 15 foot version of himself. A “naughty” nurse appeared during Ballad Of Dwight Frye to administer a syringe to a straight-jacketed Alice, as the song built to a climax, Cooper yelled "Don't touch me!" and tried to strangle the "naughty nurse" with the sleeves of his straight-jacket. But the "naughty nurse" stabbed him in the legs and he was led to the guillotine. The beheading was followed, by the track, "I Love the Dead," as the executioner held his severed head aloft, eventually french-kissing it.
Cooper returned, head intact, to bring the concert to a climax with "School's Out," featuring a mash-up with Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall." When the show ended Alice introduced his band and his actress, introducing himself with "Playing the part of Alice Cooper tonight, from Phoenix, Arizona, me."

Footnote: all images with the name of the blog are taken by me under the influence in the audience with a bad camera.

Ace Frehley Gröna Lund

 Ace Frehley kick off with a storming version"Rocket Ride" against a wall of Marshalls that pilloried the stage."Gimme A Feeling" and "Toys" from his latest album was next before a menacing version of the brilliant "Parasite", "Love Gun" followed with drummer Scotty Coogan (Nikki Sixx Brides of Destruction) providing Paul Stanley-esque vocals. Ace Frehley looks sharp and appears to be  enjoying this new chapter of his career.
Longtime Frehley’s Comet bandmate, Richie Scarlet shined when he took center stage on classics like “Breakout” and “2 Young 2 Die,” which he dedicated to the memory of former Kiss drummer, Eric Carr.
The great autobiographical “Rock Solders” from Frehley’s Comet got the crowd into a frenzy with their fists flying in the air, the dark and heavy "Strange Ways" was sung by the bass player Chris Wyse (Cult, Ozzy) after a seriously wicked, bass solo with dirty riffs and melodic finger tapping."New York Groove" got the audience clapping and sing along."Shock Me," led into a smoking guitar solo - literally.
Ace Frehley was on fire and his playing was totally on point, nailing every solo. "Rip It Out" and "Deuce" ended the set. Ace Frehley could have skipped the KISS songs he didn´t write and played more of his own fantastic tracks like "Gold Gin", "Talk To Me", "Into The Night" and the title song from the criminally underrated album "Trouble Walkin`" that just been released again, remastered with a 16 page full color booklet, rare photos and new linter notes.

Sweden Rock Festival 2015

Children of Bodom hit the stage with "Hate Me" and following it with great version of "Needled 24/7".We got top-notch musicianship as well as the first gig for Antti Wirman, keyboard player Janne Wirman's younger brother who is the replacement guitarist for  Roope Latvala who quit the band just days before SRF.
C.O.B. Halo of Blood album has been universally hailed as a return to form for the band
Battle Beast took a grip of the audience with their chest pumping metal anthems.Nooras range hitting the high notes of Rob Halford with equal parts grace and ferocity. She visits a softer range as well (“Black Ninja”), which exposes a vulnerable side and also a natural contrast. "Far Far Away" followed by highlights like "Out on the Streets Again", "Let It Roar" , "Enter the Metal World" and "Out of Control". The icing on the cake would been if the performed their excellent cover of "Push It To The Limit" from the Scarface movie.
Noora got the crowd really fired up during 'Black Ninja' and it provided her with another opportunity to show off that powerful voice.
It was a day at the office for Def Leppard who didn´t even used their own stage set. They used  three background screens with the most horrific cheap ass computers animations of all time and they are the headliner? We were promised an all hits show and got crap like "Paper Cuts","Promises" and "Rock On".
"Foolin´" , "Rocket" ,"Switch 625" , "Rock of Ages" and "Photograph" made it a little better, but still they don´t play the best Def Leppard song of all time "Gods of War"? 
It was almost painfull to see how Def Leppard was totally steamrolled over by the next act who should have been the true headliner.
It´s cold the clock has passed the midnight hour, suddenly you feel a chill as the now infamous intro "Masked Ball" (Eyes Wide Shut) echoes out over the festival. Out of the fog on the stage appears five men in silver devil masks they start to play "Genesis" followed by the new song "From the Pinnacle to the Pit" when Papa III takes the stage. With the new song "Majesty" Papa III has the audience in trance following his lead.
Papa III had the audience cry for "Absolution" and brought satanic bliss to the crowd.
Papa III accent recalls Floki´s accent (Vikings TV Series)
Dokken kicked into high gear with "Kiss of Death. The set featured songs that spanned the bands extensive career, hits like “Dream Warriors”, "Into The Fire" and “Breaking The Chains.” Nice to see ferocious drummer Mick Brown back and Mark Boals "Yngwie Malmsteen singer" on bass and backing vocals. The only downer in the set was the dreadfull song "To High To Fly" that turned into a boring blues jam, Dokken could have played so many more of their fantastic songs during that time. Afterwards we went to the merch table to find out that they had no Dokken merchandise at all?
Mötley Crue brought the party with fire and brimstone and their own impressive stage set.The show stared with a fitting "Saints of Los Angeles" during "Wild Side" the female backing singers/dancers appeared for the first time and they would return throughout the show with diffrent outfits. "Motherfucker of the Year" fit surprisingly well in the setlist with all the classics, during "To Young To Fall In Love" Crue got the groove going. Despite Vince Niel can´t hit all the high notes anymore the party in the front rows (that contained more females than men) continued going all through the show. Motley Crue framed the show with an impressive pyrotechnic display.
Sixx used his bass as a flamethrower to set his microphone on fire and spray flames towards the lighting rig. 
Saturday started with a bang when Frantic Amber roared through their setlist, based on their debut album "Burning Insight". When Frantic Amber played their latest single "Soar" the audience started to participate and sing along from there on it was a homerun the crowd grew more and more after each song they performed.
Riot is a legendary name in the  metal scene with a career spanning almost 40 years, their crowning achivment is1988s Thundersteel. In 2012 Tragedy struck and founder and guitarist supreme Mark Reale passed away, the band continued onward under the Riot V moniker with the blessing of the Reale family/estate.. Riot V opened the set with classic "Narita" followed by "Ride Hard Live Free" (from the great "Unleash the Fire" album) new vocalist Todd Michael Hall (Jack Star’s Burning Star) soaring, powerhouse vocals was truly amazing and took "Fight or Fall" to a new level. Riot V performance was one of the best at SRF 2015 and their new songs like "Metal Warriors", "Take Me Back" fit perfectly with the classic and the finish with "Thundersteel" melted the audiences faces.
Ace Frehley drew a large crowd and was firing on all cyclinders, a great show, with high energy and rocking versions of both Ace's solo and his old KISS songs. Ace seems a lot happier and healthier than he has been in a while, and his guitar playing sounds better than ever. The Ace Frehley band was tight and each member had their own moment to shine. 
Kicking off the show, guitarists Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook tore through the unforgettable  "Under and Over It" frontman Ivan Moody stalked the stage with an unmatched intensity and demanding full crowd participation during the charismatic  track “Burn motherf*cker.” Moody told the audience that guitarist Jason Hook got his picture taken backstage with his guitar hero Ace Frehley.The cover of "Mama Said Knock You Out" felt totally out of place and the audience went silent and just waited for the trainwreck to be over."Burn It Down" saw the band steamroll SRF. It was the national day of Sweden and 5FDP helped the audience to celebrate it by displaying a swedish flag on stage that was brought by the audience. According to a swedish newspaper 5FDP had a bigger audience than the headliner Judas Priest
Judas Priest open the set with "Dragonaut" from the latest album Redeemer of Souls (a album with horrible production and to many songs that doesn´t hold the JP standard) a forgetable version of "Metal Gods" and a half/half version of "Victims of Changes" and then another song from Redeemer of Souls "Halls of Valhalla" with a chillin version of "Love Bites" Judas Priest is back on track. We get treated with two more songs from Redeemer of Souls the title track and "March of the Damned" it´s a mystery that they didn´t play the best song from the Redeemer of Souls album  "Battle Cry".  "Jawbreaker" and  "Painkiller" stands out as the best songs of the show. 
Halford paced around the stage with newfound energy and drive,changed outfits frequently.The stage set was disgraceful with Judas Priest standards they used the same stage set up as Def Leppard with three background screens showing the worst cheap ass computer animations ever. 
Footnote: all images with the name of the blog are taken by me under the influence in the audience with a bad camera.

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